I remember that day too. Upstairs in my parents' bedroom they
installed a different phone, but on the wall phone in the kitchen with a
metal case about 2x2x3.5" and a hook, he had taken off the 2x2 cover,
and put on a cover that had a dial sticking out of it, on a short
pedestal I think.
One time I called my best friend, who lived across the street, and all I
hard was click-click, click-click-click, clic... and I hung up, and the
phone rang. He was calling me.
I've only been able to do this once, but I called a
guy and got beeps in my ear. I put on my best voice
and said "we're sorry, the number you have reached
doesn't want to talk to you. Go home and don't come
out all day." Then I hung up and called back. He
wasn't sure how I got onto his son's message machine.
When I moved here, all phone numbers were in the form 657-xxxx, and you
could make a local call by dialing 5 digits*. Younger people probably
don't remember this, but some older ones do. When I bought a washer at
an old store and the salesman asked for my number, he wrote down 7- and
4 more digits.
Also, I got an ATM card with a 4-digit PIN. Someone at the bank told me
about how some people will write it down with a 7- before it as
misinformation so it looks like a phone number.
* - a couple of exceptions: a pay phone would require 7 digits, and
calling someone on your party line required (IIRC) 14 digits.
I used to live in 1-xxxx, and a couple towns over
you could dial the xx6-1234.
I hope when the town got a bit larger, the Chevy
dealer got a larger number, 666. Hell on wheels.
Chevrolet, a real beast. Look at the mark.
I remember my home phone number from when I was six years old.
JE8-7XXX I'm not posting the numbers because there are too many morons
who read posts and would actually dial the phone number. I've no idea
who has my old phone number today. o_O
On Wed, 5 Mar 2014 19:20:08 -0800 (PST), ItsJoanNotJoann
I don't think so.
How old are you? And where are you?
I think the big cities got red signs earlier than small towns, but since
they made yellow until 1954 and I'm sure they used them for years after
that (depending on how much money the govt. had to spend on replacement
signs) I'll bet even in big cities there were some yellow ones up to
Here's a picture of a yellow stop sign, obviously taken after the
invention of photography:
He doesn't mention red fading, but he does say that yellow and black
were quite visible, while red wasn't . He goes on to say that
improvements in reflectivity made red more visible than it had been, and
that red meant danger and stop, and was the color of stop lights. So I
think red fading** was just the best guess of my mother and me why the
signs had been yellow. **For example if you leave a street map on
your dashboard for 3 to 8 years and you park outside, the red streets
will disappear completely, leaving no evidence visible to the eye that
they were ever there.
That is why they have a distinctive shape. Also, FWIW, even color
blind people can still see changes in brightness and can (usually) obey
stop lights. It would be interesting to see if the change over to LED
impacts that at all.
"Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive,
but what they conceal is vital."
That was the ending theme of a Popeye cartoon. Olive Oyl was kissing
him repeatedly and he was yelling Don't. .
Olive Oyl was a little too thin, if you ask me.
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